About Margaret

Margaret J. Marcuson is a leader of leaders, ordained minister, and teacher and student of human systems. She speaks and writes on leadership and works with faith leaders nationally as a consultant/coach.

Margaret became deeply interested in leadership during her thirteen years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts. “Over time I shifted from attempting the impossible—changing others—to the merely difficult—changing myself,” she says. Her work focuses on how leaders manage themselves in relation to those they lead. They can challenge those they lead, and nurture their relationship with those they lead, but they cannot will others to change. “For me as a leader this was profoundly freeing,” she says.

Margaret is on the faculty of the Leadership in Ministry workshops. (www.leadershipinministry.com) She is a frequent guest preacher in churches. Her seminar and conference speaking and consulting crosses denominations, including the American Baptist Churches, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of God (Anderson), Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and Episcopal. She is often called on to guide clergy through personal and congregational crisis. She is the author of  111 Tips to Survive Pastoral Ministry, Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry(Seabury) and Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance (forthcoming). She has written for numerous print and online publications including Clergy Journal, Leading Ideas, and Leadership in Ministry. Her monthly essay on leadership, The Leadership Adventure, has over 1500 subscribers.

Margaret has a Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and is an ordained American Baptist minister and a member of the First Baptist Church of Portland, OR. She studied with Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation, and at the Center for Family Process, and is an ongoing student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, a natural systems approach to human relationships. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, and is a past president of the Oregon Chapter.

Margaret is an amateur singer. She says, “I see singing as a metaphor for life and leadership. We are all in the business of finding our own voice in this world, and in the institutions we lead.”

You will find out why Margaret’s notoriety as a new leadership voice is mounting, and why leaders look to Margaret for intelligent, provocative alternatives to the relentless responsibilities of leadership.